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Most Entertaining Leagues in World Football (Part 5)

9. Portuguese Primeira Liga

Generally considered one among the eu leagues just outside the standard top five, Portugal’s Primeira Liga ranks at No. 9 worldwide with a 5.1 rating overall.

Portugal’s league was reasonably middle of the road across the board, but they scored well on youth reputation and highest value XI of the division.

The weakest area was goals per game; viewers can expect just 2.3 on the average within the Portuguese top flight.

8. Major League Soccer

The United States’ main league—certainly with the foremost growth and overseas interest—is major league Soccer.

Annual improvement and expansion mean MLS will only continue to gain in popularity and approval, and a 5.3 rating is already good enough for eighth place. How quickly the league as a whole progresses will depend on the types of player brought in, how well the expansion teams fare and the marketing of the organisation.

It should be noted that MLS scored fine on attendances, better than the likes of the Portuguese, Dutch, French or Japanese leagues.

7. Chinese Super League

No prizes for guessing where the big scores came from to push the Chinese Super League into the top 10.

China’s top league gained a 5.5 overall rating; terrible scores on youth development and therefore the number of traditional big clubs who go head-to-head with one another were over offset by a high-value XI, their most costly signings and the way newsworthy the league has become.

In fairness, the CSL also scores well in attendances, with their lowest-ranked team by average attendance attracting considerably higher numbers than the bottom teams from Italy, Spain, Brazil or Russia.

6. Dutch Eredivisie

Just outside the top five, the Dutch Eredivisie has always been extremely watchable to the casual observer in a detached sort of way—at least when the big teams are involved and the rivalry is obvious.

A 6.1 score was more than respectable, comfortably ahead of rival European leagues, thanks to areas of high excitement such as youth production and goals per game—just over three per game, if you fancy tuning in.

On the downside, a coffee number of established stars and not really being a league that captures the attention of the world media goes against it

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